She just wants a nice guy

…to pay the bills, anyway. This study purports to offer some scientific explanation for why so many women claim that they just want to meet a nice guy while simultaneously throwing themselves at every biker, rocker wannabee or all-around jerk who happens to cross their path:

Overwhelmingly, participants said those with more masculine features were likely to be risky and competitive and also more apt to fight, challenge bosses, cheat on spouses and put less effort into parenting. Those with more feminine faces were seen as good parents and husbands, hard workers and emotionally supportive mates.

Despite all the negative attributes, when asked who they would choose for a short-term relationship, women still selected the more masculine looking men.

It’s not exactly surprising. Of course, men do precisely the same thing when they pursue spunky, high-maintenance pain-in-the-posteriors instead of submissive nice girls who want children and a family life. The main difference is that most of these men don’t want to get married or settle down, while all of the women lamenting the nonexistence of nice guys in their lives claim to.

I have little sympathy for any guy dumb enough to date, let alone marry, any woman who can reasonably be described as “spunky”. If you enjoy constant fighting over really petty things, hey, go for it.

By the same token, no sane girl should ever waste her time with guys who are “exciting”. Such men will usually provide far more excitement than any reasonable woman seeks in her life. But if you don’t mind finding out that he’s got four other girls on a string, hey, go for it.

In case some of the slower readers need it spelled out for them… you can’t draw some sort of bright line between “short-term” and “long-term” relationships, since the short-term always turns into the long-term over time.